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Date: May 2018

On May 14, 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) hosted a panel of trauma and emergency care experts at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as part of its ongoing 10th anniversary year. The event, “Trauma and Emergency Care across the Lifespan,” featured multidisciplinary trauma experts JH-IIRU associate director Amber Mehmood and senior technical advisor Junaid Razzak, as well as Safe Kids Worldwide founder Dr. Martin Eichelberger.

JH-IIRU director Adnan A. Hyder welcomed participants—watching both in-person and via a streaming webcast—to the event before deputy director Abdul M. Bachani introduced each panelist and facilitated discussion at the conclusion of each presentation.

Razzak led off the series of speakers with a presentation on emergency care in Pakistan. In his talk, he outlined the definition of an emergency care system and focused on Karachi, Pakistan—the third-largest city in the world.

Mehmood followed with a talk on trauma care in low-income countries and shared a case study on traumatic brain injury (TBI) across the lifespan in Uganda. She shared new results from a collaborative effort with JH-IIRU and Makerere University: a third of all patients presenting with TBI suffered a drop in the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), a critical indicator, during emergency department stay. This finding, Mehmood remarked, should lead to improved assessment and interventions.

Dr. Eichelberger, in the final presentation of the event, discussed pediatric trauma. From his work at Children’s National Medical Center and Safe Kids Worldwide, Dr. Eichelberger shared childhood injury statistics both domestically and globally.

In 2018, the Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit is celebrating its first decade of innovation and research in global injury prevention and control. To honor the anniversary, JH-IIRU is hosting a number of special events throughout the year. To learn more about the Unit and its 10th anniversary, please click here.

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Dr. Martin Eichelberger presents on pediatric trauma during JH-IIRU’s 10th anniversary event, “Trauma and Emergency Care across the Lifespan,” at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on May 14, 2018.

Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit (JH-IIRU) Associate Director and Assistant Scientist Amber Mehmood, MD represented the Unit and School at the Global Alliance for the Care of the Injured (GACI) meeting on May 7-8, 2018 at World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

On behalf of the Unit, Mehmood presented JH-IIRU’s portfolio of research and work related to trauma and emergency care, including the development and implementation of trauma registries, capacity development, and assessment of trauma and emergency care systems.

“As a World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention, our Unit is dedicated to responding to the growing burden of injuries worldwide,” said Mehmood. “Our affiliation with the Global Alliance for the Care of the Injured is key to meeting with other committed researchers to identify and implement effective solutions and influence public policy and practice in injury prevention across the globe.”

Mehmood and her colleagues in GACI’s Data and Quality improvement workgroup convened for sessions in which they focused on minimal dataset for injuries and the finalization of metadata for a WHO trauma registry.

To learn more about GACI, please click here. To learn about JH-IIRU and its role as a WHO Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention, please click here.

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World Health Organization Coordinator Dr. Nhan Tran presents on the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration at the meeting of the Global Alliance for the Care of the Injured on May 7-8, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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